The Power of ONE
By Brenda Epperson-Moore
Early January, God had been talking to me about feeding, helping and caring for His homeless, and lost. Shamefully enough, I thought, “What difference does it make just going down for one day? There are so many, God.” His gentle reply back to me was, “If not for one.” Immediately, I was convicted. Upon contacting the ladies of Ascend, they agreed a trip was necessary, and even though we really didn’t know what we were doing or where we were going, we forged ahead with our plans.
We gathered food, drinks, pamphlets, and clothes to hand out, and we loaded up one of our vans to set out on our journey. I just knew that there was one person in particular that we were supposed to reach. But, where? I said, “We will know it when we see it.” That’s exactly what happened. Upon stopping the car, people began to pour out and almost run up to us for food and clothing items we brought. Once the police came and gently told us we weren’t allowed to be in a particular area, we drove around again, until we all felt it. This is it! More people came and then there he was…the one who stirred the Spirit inside my heart…telling me God had sent this one to us for His blessing. I asked him his name, and we began to pray fervently over him, and he graciously allowed us to do so.
God did something that day. Something broke off of him; something changed. In my conversations with him in the following days, and weeks to come, he explained to me that while in jail a visiting Chaplain told him he was special. Our presence, prayers and love over him confirmed that declaration.
Jesus talks about the parable of the lost sheep.
If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:12-14 (NIV).
It is God’s heart that not even one should perish. The shepherd, as well as all of us, should rejoice over the pursuit of even just one that is lost or has been lead astray. We rejoice and are humbled that God stirs our hearts to find even one. We may never know the impact of our obedience until we get to heaven. But, when God gives us a stirring in our hearts, wouldn’t it be sad if we looked back and ignored the call for the lost sheep? Let’s not lose even one…but search until you find the lost and do all that you can to bring them home.